FINA To Stage International Events At The Ancient Pyramids Of Egypt From 2023

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The ancient Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, will provide the most historic and breathtaking of backdrops to international FINA high diving, artistic swimming and diving events between 2023 and 2026.

The world federation on Monday announced an agreement with the Egyptian Swimming Federation that will see the UNESCO World Heritage Site stage the FINA High Diving World Cup (2023-2024), the Diving Grand Prix (2023-2026) and the 2023 Artistic Swimming World Series.

The agreement was signed by FINA President Captain Husain Al-Musallam, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Dr Ashraf Sobhy, and President of the Egyptian Swimming Federation, Yasser Idris.

Al-Musallam said through a FINA press release:

“Today is another incredibly exciting milestone for FINA. We are delighted to have signed this agreement that will see world-class athletes compete at the incredible site of the ancient Pyramids of Giza.

“This historic location will see breathtaking images and video footage shared on social media sites and beamed to TV screens around the world.”

Quite how the event will take place has yet to be revealed with temporary pools, diving platforms/boards and a tower to be manoeuvred into the site which is roughly 18km from the River Nile.

The High Diving World Cup will see the world’s best high divers compete in two events on the programme; the men’s 27m and the women’s 20m.

Meanwhile, the Diving Grand Prix will see the world’s best divers compete in the 3m springboard and 10m platform, in both individual and synchronised events.

Moreover, the Artistic Swimming World Series will see artistic swimmers compete in solos, duets, mixed duets, teams, free combination and the highlight routine.

Idris added:

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to share the best of Egypt’s heritage with world-class aquatics athletes from 2023.

“We hope that Egypt’s wonders of the ancient world will inspire athletes to some of their greatest ever performances and encourage more young people to become the aquatics stars of their generation.”

Exact dates and further details will be announced soon.